Bedford County Murder Trial To Begin Next Week
The trial of a Bedford man, accused of allegedly killing a close friend, will begin next week. Fifty-two year old Randy Foor is accused of pushing his friend, Dennis Sprigg of Manns Choice, during a party last summer. Sprigg hit his head on a sidewalk and fell unconscious. He died nearly seven weeks later at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. Jury selection was held on Tuesday, and the trial is scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday.
Fire Company Under Investigation
The Mc Coole Fire Department is under investigation for alleged mismanagement of the company's assets that led to its demise. The building failed to sell at auction yesterday, and State's Attorney Michael Twigg revealed that an investigation has been underway into its management practices. The company, as of last month, had only one fire truck, was nearly a million dollars in debt, and the station was in foreclosure. No one bid on the station, which is now owned by the Marquette Bank of Cook County, Illinois. The opening bid was $350,000.
Moorefield Pair Enter Guilty Plea in Drug Case
Forty-year old Scott Allen Greenwalt of Moorefield entered a guilty plea of "attempting to manufacture methamphetamine," and a co-defendant, 23-year old Michell Lee Stocking entered a guilty plea to possessing materials used in manufacturing the drug. The pleas were entered recently in United States District Court in Elkins. Greenwalt faces up to 20-years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine, while Ms. Stocking faces up to 10-years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine. The case was investigated by a number of agencies, including the FBI, the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and the Moorefield Police Department.
Fire Does Minor Damage to Home
Heat from construction work is being blamed for a fire yesterday afternoon at 1026 National Highway in LaVale. The two-story, wood-framed single family dwelling is owned by Randy Trumbule, and the fire was discovered by contractors working on the house. About $500 in damage was done. The fire originated in the basement ceiling.
Alleged Burglar Held on $35,000 Bond
A Cumberland man is lodged in the Allegany County Detention Center on $35,000 bond, after he tried to gain entry to a home in the 300-block of Grand Avenue. Kelly Edgar Cole is accused of trying to pry open a door of the home, then fled the scene, when confronted by the victim. He was stopped in the 200-block of Seymour Street, traveling in the wrong direction on East Third Street. Cole was charged, and taken to District Court for an initial appearance.
School Board Selects Construction Manager
Construction Management Services has been selected as the construction manager for the new Allegany High School Project. Grimm and Parker Architects reviewed the information on the project, and Board of Education staff has recomended the issuance of a request-for-proposal for CMS. The School Board must now notify the Interagency for School Construction of the selection; the IAC will then review and approve the solicitation of documents.
Oakland Facility Wins State Award
The Maryland Green Registry presented the 2013 Leadership Award to the Oakland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center during the Annual Membership Awards Event this week. The award recognizes top performing organizations that have shown a strong commitment to the implementation of sustainable practices, the demonstration of measurable results and the continual improvement of environmental performance. The facility has been serving Garrett County residents for over 30 years.